Where To Find The Best Fried Chicken Sandwiches In Philadelphia

Fried chicken sandwiches for the win.

Fried chicken sandwiches seem to be on everyone’s lips these days — the flaky chicken sandwiches are the star menu item everywhere from fine dining establishments to hole-in-the-wall shops.

Fried chicken sandwiches can be eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in Philadelphia with spicy takes on the meal, cheesy options, fried chicken stuffed between two biscuits and chicken smothered in a brunch-appropriate gravy.

Below, we’ve highlighted our top places for fried chicken sandwiches in Philly — with an emphasis on locations where the sandwich is a menu standout.

If you have a favorite place for fried chicken sandwiches that is not on this list, be sure to share it with us in the comments below.

Federal Donuts

Devised for the Port FedNuts location at Spruce Street Harbor Park last summer, Federal Donuts' signature sandwich ignited a full-blown craze when it debuted. The insanely delicious sandwich boasts buttermilk ranch-spiced fried chicken, American cheese, dill pickles and spicy Rooster sauce on a Martin's potato roll. Thankfully, it's now available at all Federal Donuts locations around the city.

Federal Donuts

Where:Federal Donuts, 1632 Sansom Street

www.federaldonuts.com

Shake Shack

When Shake Shack veers away from its burger and dog formula, it’s for good reason. The Chick’n Shack combines a crispy chicken breast with lettuce, pickles and buttermilk herb mayo on a soft potato bun. The result is a consistently delicious fried chicken sandwich.

Shake Shack

Where:Shake Shack, 2000 Sansom Street

www.shakeshack.com

Bud & Marilyn's

The Nashville hot buns at Midtown Village’s retro Bud & Marilyn’s might easily be called fried chicken sliders. Ranch dressing, slaw and pickles balance out the hot sauce buzz for an addictively flavorful first course. In addition to the sliders, a Nashville hot chicken biscuit sandwich is available during brunch.

Bud & Marilyn's

Where:Bud & Marilyn's, 1234 Locust Street

www.budandmarilyns.com

Prohibition Taproom

For $12, you can get a stacked Southern-style fried chicken sandwich at Prohibition Taproom. Served with pepperjack cheese, pickled tomato and lettuce, the sandwich is popular among the dinner crowd.

Prohibition Taproom

Where:Prohibition Taproom, 501 N. 13th Street

www.theprohibitiontaproom.com

Percy Street Barbecue

Your happy hour dining choice is made at Percy Street Barbecue thanks to its $5 fried chicken biscuit sandwich, which comes topped with cheddar sauce and hot sauce. The delicious menu addition is only available during happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, but is well worth the effort to seek it out.

Percy Street Barbecue

Where:Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street, Philadelphia

www.percystreet.com

Scratch Biscuits (CLOSED)

During lunch and dinner, Scratch Biscuits serves up its very popular buttermilk fried chicken biscuit sandwich. For $8.50, your sandwich comes stuffed with fried chicken, corn relish, cabbage slaw and cayenne ranch.

Scratch Biscuits (CLOSED)

Where:Scratch Biscuits, 1306 Chestnut Street

www.eatscratchbiscuits.com

HipCityVeg

Some chicken sandwich cravers are non-meat eaters, and for them, HipCityVeg provides the perfect solution. The Crispy HipCity Ranch swaps in a battered meatless substitute, along with peppercorn ranch dressing and even an option to make the whole shebang Buffalo-style. We dare you to try this sandwich and say it doesn't taste just like chicken.

HipCityVeg

Where:HipCityVeg, 127 S. 18th Street

www.hipcityveg.com

The Cambridge

Head to The Cambridge on South Street West for an awesome buttermilk fried chicken and biscuit sandwich topped with smoked tomato and bacon jam, crispy brussels sprout leaves and sharp cheddar cheese.

The Cambridge

Where:The Cambridge, 1508 South Street

www.cambridgeonsouth.com

The Little Lion

A Southern influence comes to bear on Little Lion's ode to the chick-wich. Pimento cheese, buttermilk ranch and heirloom tomato drape the country-fried breast, and everything is nestled in a baguette.

The Little Lion

Where:The Little Lion, 243 Chestnut Street

www.thelittlelionphilly.com

Founding Fathers

Head to Founding Fathers Sports Bar along South Street West for their Picnic Fried Chicken Sandwich, which comes topped with bacon, coleslaw and cheddar cheese.

Founding Fathers

Where:Founding Fathers Sports Bar & Grill, 1612 South Street, Philadelphia

foundingfathersbar.com

Samwich

Samwich, the restuarant from the folks behind Suppa in Northern Liberties, specializes in sandwiches of all sort including a fried chicken sammie topped with bacon, pepper jack cheese, ranch and pickles.

Samwich

Where:Samwich, 600 Catharine Street

www.timeforsuppa.com

The Blue Duck

Some of the most creative sandwiches around emerge from the strip-mall eatery The Blue Duck in Northeast Philadelphia. The delectable fried chicken includes ranch red cabbage slaw, spicy pickles and a soft brioche bun.

The Blue Duck

Where:The Blue Duck, 2859 Holme Avenue

www.blueduckphilly.com

Tired Hands Fermentaria

The fried chicken sandwich is simple to a science at Ardmore's Tired Hands Fermentaria. Surrounded by a doughy potato bun, the fried chicken sandwich is topped with housemade pickles and chipotle mayo. Pair the meal with one of Tired Hands’ brews and call it a day.

Tired Hands Fermentaria

Where:Tired Hands Fermentaria, 35 Cricket Terrace

www.tiredhands.com/

The Industry

Anyone who has visited The Industry is sure to know about the Hillbilly Philly, a cheddar biscuit and fried chicken sandwich topped with hot sauce and sausage gravy that is only available during brunch. 

The Industry

When:Weekend Brunch
Where:The Industry, 1401 E. Moyamensing Avenue

www.theindustrybar.com

Wishbone

When an eatery specializes in fried chicken, as Philly’s Wishbone does, the possibilities for sandwich combos are limitless. They range from The Southern (coleslaw, pickles and tomato marmalade) to The Cordon Bleu (chorizo, Swiss cheese and honey mustard) to The Dirty Bird (chili, barbecue sauce, pickled jalapeño and provolone).

Wishbone

Where:Wishbone, 4034 Walnut Street and 210 S. 13th Street

www.wishbonephilly.com

SouthGate

What appears to be a casual corner bar elevates its menu by serving top-notch Korean-American food (read: Korean fried chicken sandwiches!) alongside its craft beer and healthy whiskey selections.

SouthGate

Where:Southgate, 1801 Lombard Street

www.southgatephilly.com

Khyber Pass Pub

Khyber Pass Pub does its po’boy two ways: The fried chicken comes in both vegan and carnivorous incarnations. Either way, it’s dressed with creole mustard, mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles and a New Orleans-born Leidenheimer roll.

Khyber Pass Pub

Where:Khyber Pass Pub, 56 S. 2nd Street

www.khyberpasspub.com

Catahoula Bar and Restaurant

N’awlins-leaning Catahoula Bar & Restaurant actually goes north for chicken sandwich inspiration. The Kickin’ Buffalo Chicken features blue cheese, house buffalo sauce and basil buttermilk dressing.

Catahoula Bar and Restaurant

Where:Catahoula Philly, 775 S. Front Street

www.catahoulaphilly-hub.com

North Third

Crispy chicken, bacon, tomato and guacamole come together harmoniously at North Third. The Northern Liberties gastropub serves its memorable concoction with expertly made fries.

North Third

Where:N. 3rd, 801 N. 3rd Street

www.norththird.com

El Camino Real

The winning formula at Northern Liberties’ El Camino Real starts with a Martin’s seeded bun. Layers of Bibb lettuce, pickles, mayo and tender buttermilk-fried chicken combine for an end result of delicious.

El Camino Real

Where:El Camino Real Restaurant, 1040 N. 2nd Street

www.elcaminophilly.com

2nd Story Brewing Company

The popular 2nd Story Brewing Company in Old City serves up more than some great pints of beer. The bar/restaurant also plates a delicious fried chicken sandwich that comes topped with roasted garlic dijonnaise, lettuce, a fried pickle and tomato.

2nd Story Brewing Company

Where:2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut Street

www.2ndstorybrewing.com

Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange

Leave it to Mt. Airy to create the area’s first fried chicken sandwich with kale. Served at Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, it is balanced out by a potato bun, honey and Tabasco mayo.

Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange

Where:Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange, 7152 Germantown Avenue

www.grainexchangephilly.com

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13 comments

  1. The hot chicken slider from the happy hour menu at The Fat Ham is the BEST chicken sandwich…it is better than Bud and Marilyn’s and also better than Federal Donuts. It needs to be on this list!!

  2. Hi Sarah,

    We agree! We love the hot chicken slider from The Fat Ham. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on the menu at the time that we published this roundup.

  3. Shake Shack is waaaay better than Federal Donuts. But it was nice to be able to bring some donuts back for the boss, so federal donuts gets the nod there!

  4. HipCityVeg literally makes nothing in-house. I worked there for a minute. That meatless fried chicken sandwich is literally the same frozen Gardein patty that you can buy at Trader Joe’s in a 4-pack for less than you’re paying HipCityVeg to heat it up for you.

  5. Brick and Brew in Havertown has a great buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. . You gotta try it. It should be in your top 5.

  6. The buttermilk fried chicken sandwich from Tela’s market located in Fairmount is a must have. It’s topped with their coleslaw and spicy honey butter sauce. My absolute favorite and everything on their menu is delicious!

  7. Comfort Foods in Morrisville has a pickle brined fried chicken sandwich that is delicious, the chicken is so moist and the pickle flavor comes through nicely. The sauce they put on it is to die for as it soaks into the toasted bun.

  8. Tfhe Feedstore in Ambler offers the best burgers and now one of the best chicken sandwiches in the northern suburbs. Their unique slant features unusual toppings and exotic chicken – well worth a trip.

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